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*May 7, 2007 *– Canon today unveiled its newest ultra-zoom compact camera, the PowerShot S5 IS. With an SLR-like design, the 8-megapixel S5 IS retains the line’s basic styling while expanding the feature set, adding a new processor
and hot shoe. It will retail for $499.99 when it becomes available in July.
"The PowerShot S5 IS digital camera is a technological bridge between Canon’s advanced point and shoot compact digital cameras and its entry-level digital SLR cameras," stated a company press release.
Weighing less than a pound and measuring 4.6 x 3.15 x 3.06 inches, the compact S5 IS offers both automatic and manual controls. The camera has an optical viewfinder and a new hand grip. The S5 IS comes with a hot shoe for an external flash, a feature previously offered only on Canon’s SLRs and G-series PowerShot cameras.
As the successor to the S3 IS camera, the new S5 IS is updated from 6 megapixels to 8. The camera also upgrades from a 2-inch LCD screen to a 2.5-inch monitor. The updated screen is a Vari-Angle LCD that flips out and has brightness adjustments.
Along with its 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36-432mm), the PowerShot S5's lens also carries optical image stabilization and an ultra-sonic motor (USM) for quiet auto focusing. For additional zoom capabilities, users can buy a 1.5x teleconverter, 0.75x wide converter, or close up lens accessories. To further reduce blur, the camera features a new Auto ISO Shift function that boosts ISO sensitivity for low-light shooting without a flash.
The S5 IS has 22 shooting modes and four movie modes including a MovieSnap setting that captures 8-megapixel still images during video. The camera accepts four AA batteries and includes a 32MB SD memory card in the box.
"With a broad range of features and a powerful ultra-zoom lens, it is no coincidence that the PowerShot S5 IS digital camera’s look and feel evokes the sense of a small, lightweight SLR," said Canon senior vice president Yuichi Ishizuka of Consumer Imaging Group in the release.
12x optical zoom
Digic III processor (with Face Detection)
New hand grip
New Auto ISO Shift